153 Eric Trules | Rebelling Against Conformity and Finding Freedom Through the Arts

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Trules is the host of e-travels with e. trules. He’s lived an incredibly interesting life and recently discovered the world of podcasting. He’s an artist, “self-producer and self-initiator”, an amazing storyteller and has taught theater at USC for 31 years. He’s been a performer for almost five decades as a modern dancer and a clown, of all things! Going into his last year of teaching he was offered a grant from the school for a project of his choosing and he chose a podcast. And we’re lucky he did!

What We Covered:

  • 01:41 – How Eric and I met
  • 06:21 – Why he started the podcast
  • 12:01 – His affinity of audiobooks and the spoken word
  • 13:44 – The friendships he’s developed as a result of podcasting
  • 16:35 – Eric’s emergence as a performer
  • 19:55 – His earliest choreographer and director, Shirley Mordine
  • 21:10 – Falling in love with being a clown
  • 25:36 – Flashmobs
  • 27:41 – His non-profit arts company, Free Public Laughs, and street performances
  • 29:48 – How being in costume allows you the freedom of expression
  • 32:27 – The arrest of Gino the Clown
  • 33:15 – Challenging societal norms and going beyond convention
  • 37:04 – Why he felt repressed during his college years
  • 38:22 – Growing up in the ’50’s and 60’s
  • 40:51 – How saying ‘yes’ to opportunities led him to become an artist
  • 43:16 – His perspective on the current state of the US administration
  • 45:49 – Traveling and the unwarranted fears people have about it
  • 47:24 – Not having everything planned out and heading into his third and final act
  • 49:05 – What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 49:26 – The one most misunderstood thing about him


Links Mentioned

Eric’s website
The Barber Shop Recording Studio
LA Podfest
Podcasts and Pizza
Ben Adair on Podcast Junkies
Z Holly on Podcast Junkies
Song Exploder
The Moth
This American Life
Haden Lee – Travel Stories podcast
Podcast Movement

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